If we still lived in the land of the free and the home of the brave, we'd toss all of these it out and start anew.
Should conservatives of conscience continue to oppose Donald Trump's crony corporatist presidency or, given what Donald Trump has allegedly accomplished over the last two years, accept his glaring character flaws and manifest corruption as simply the price of admission?
As bad as Obama's eight year tenure may have been, the well meaning incompetence, naive mismanagement, and embarrassing diplomacy of his presidency pales next to the rolling dumpster fire of Donald Trump's moral turpitude, naked crony corporatism, and manifest legal malfeasance.
In American parlance, however, the gist of all great Chinese works is neatly, if bluntly, summarized with the English truism: The tone is set from the top.
Skepticism, not trust, of our political class is the American tradition, and those who demand political fealty to their political leader betray that tradition.
What is just, what is honorable, and what is dignified has long since been abandoned by both major political parties.
The fight for conservatism has devolved into a fight for the very soul of the conservative movement.